Catedral Primada, Toledo

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The centerpiece of the city and one of only three High Gothic cathedrals in the country, Catedral Primada was constructed using white limestone brought here from numerous quarries in the surrounding area. For many visitors, the highlight is the sacristy, with its impressive gallery packed with paintings by El Greco, Caravaggio, Titian, Rafael, Zurbarán, and Velázquez. Begun in 1226 on the site of an ancient mosque, the imposing building was modeled after the Bourges Cathedral in France. Its monumental interior features heavy columns dividing the space into five naves, with several side chapels containing exquisite gold reliefs, huge oil paintings, and portraits of cardinals going back at least 500 years. Photography is strictly forbidden inside, though you can access the bell tower to snap a few shots of the historic city center. Plan to see Catedral Primada and other attractions that appeal to you using our Toledo trip itinerary builder website .
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  • Visited in early October on the way to Madrid. Allow at least an hour, maybe more and make sure you get the audio tour. Possibly one, of if not the best cathedral's I have ever seen.  more »
  • The Cathedral is spectacular. Not only in size but in cultural, artistic and historical wealth. If you want to know the ins and outs of this imposing work of art there is an audioguide with nearly 2 hours of content. But even if it is for free, the Cathedral is to see it calmly and enjoy it. The entrance is free if you live in Toledo, 2 euro like Spanish and 10 If you are a foreigner. We must present ID when ordering tickets.
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